Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration

Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration

Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration

Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska - sided with Trump. He felt compelled to take this route because his negotiations with Congress - which included a failed effort to leverage a disastrous government shutdown - extracted minimal concessions from Democrats on his promised "border wall".

"Instead of accepting that we live in a democracy and he is not a monarch, instead of accepting that in a democracy there are two other co-equal branches of government that can constrain his actions, the president has made a decision to ignore the Constitution and the will of Congress and go it alone", said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat. But there's a drama playing out right now over his declaration of a national emergency in order to divert funds to border wall construction that portends a more complicated 2020 for both the president and his allies.

Privately, Lee and others had tried to reason with the President even before he invoked an emergency. -Mexican border. Trump refused to sign a spending bill late a year ago that lacked money for his wall, plunging the government into its longest shutdown in history. He has shown no reluctance to casting his first veto to advance his campaign exhortation, "Build the Wall", which has prompted roars at countless Trump rallies. A national emergency declaration empowers a president to redirect federal funds in response to a sudden and grave crisis. "I don't know of any president that likes to give up power".

Lee, nonplussed, spent that weekend on the starting point to reverse some of those emergency powers. "He declared an emergency because he lost in Congress and wants to get around it". He introduced a formal bill on Tuesday of this week.

Reporter Robert Costa said that conservative activists were considering drafting a primary challenger to Tillis had he voted for the resolution.

Even with a veto threat looming, senators and legal experts said Congress was sending an important message that could be cited by judges in several lawsuits challenging Trump's emergency declaration. There has been disagreement between the two parties about how best to achieve border security. They were fine with these steel slats and fencing, but a unilateral power grab coming from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue was a step too far. He said, aside from fixing US immigration laws, the border must be secured-including with around 700 miles of additional fencing-as well as the continuation of work with Mexico and Central American countries to stem the flow of migrants.

Gardner, who faces a stiff Senate challenge by Democrats for his seat in 2020, had previously been on the fence as to how he would vote on such a measure, but he told Colorado Public Radio that he would tell the president "that I think Congress needs to do its job".

Trump, who had urged Republicans against supporting the legislation, reiterated his pledge to veto the measure.

"Yeah, nobody - nobody is beaten up". Many in Congress say effective border security requires a range of law enforcement tools. Thursday's vote seems likely to add to his troubles.

"I do believe we have a crisis at the border", said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Lee constraining emergency declarations in the future and that would win over enough GOP senators to reject Thursday's resolution. They said he issued his declaration only because Congress agreed to provide less than $1.4 billion for barriers and he was desperate to fulfil his campaign promise on the wall. Some Republicans are concerned future Democratic presidents could usurp the power of Congress to fund the government and use the emergency declarations to fund their own pet programs. That may be what compelled Sen. Presidents have never before declared an emergency after Congress voted to deny them money for the same objective.

The Democrat-led House passed the resolution on a a 245 to 182 vote in late February. The issue could ultimately be decided by the courts.

Many Senate Republicans aren't as sure.

It's not hard to imagine Trump, who is absurdly sensitive to personal slights, doing a rally in a place such as North Carolina and pouring derision on Tillis for some recent vote, then telling the crowd that it doesn't matter who else they vote for as long as they return him to the Oval Office.

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